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Your Other 50th Birthday Present

I reached this latest milestone last week, and there was a bit of a do last weekend which was great fun.

Sneaking into the post a few days after the day itself came my other 50th Birthday Present – one that everyone in Scotland receives when they reach the half-century.     Guessed it yet?    A do-it-yourself bowel screening kit.    I will spare you the mechanics of this, suffice it to say that three successive samples have to be taken without contamination by water.    Everything gets sealed up and sent to Dundee.    Apparently the opening process is automatic – not a machine I would care to fix if it goes wrong.

But, it is a ‘good thing’ to screen for, as bowel cancer can go unnoticed for a while and is the third most common cancer in Scotland.    

Apparently I can look forward to one of these kits arriving every other birthday until I am 74.

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